The tour was self-guided and there were helpful folks at every stop. Coors provided a sample cup at one stop, and 3 beers at the end. I still don’t care for beer. When we went back to the parking lot, a Coors employee was offering city maps and recommendations for lunch. We took her suggestion and Randy got a pastrami sandwich and I got a meatball sandwich, both with chips, drink and dessert. We walked around downtown Golden – it’s a pretty town, and there is a section of older homes that are still (mostly) being taken care of. There is also a park with old log cabin buildings that were moved there from a nearby farm. The weather was perfect – maybe 70 degrees and sunny.
We drove to Lookout Mountain, where Buffalo Bill is buried, along with his wife. The view from Lookout Mountain is amazing – on one side you can easily see Denver and on the other side the ranges of blue mountains go on and on.
Afterwards we drove to Boetttcher “mansion” on the mountain – it’s big and it’s probably elegant inside, but outside is stucco and wood beams, which doesn’t fit my definition of a mansion. It was closed for a private party so we didn’t get inside. On the ride back we passed a huge elk with a big antler rack, with a doe and 2 young elks (not babies, but not as big as the doe). They crossed the road behind us and trotted off into the fields. Just a few moments later as we drove on, we saw another doe with two young ones. They stayed by the side of the road, even when Randy drove back so we could get a better look. They are really large and beautiful.
When we got home, we didn’t feel like a big dinner so we had leftovers and fruit. I made our reservations for the Denver Mint tour on Monday. I don’t care much for going to the RV park bathroom after dark... I kept shining the flashlight around, looking for the eye-shine of a bear. After seeing the elk so close, I can easily believe a bear would be near, too.